Here are some ecommerce headlines this morning:

1. Central Group enables cross-border luxury ecommerce experience via WhatsApp 

Thailand’s retail tycoon Central Group introduces ‘the world’s first cross-border ecommerce luxury brand shopping experience’, as part of their omnichannel strategy.

With networks of global luxury department stores across eight cities in Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Germany, Central enables its Thai consumers to interact with the stores through live chat in WhatsApp, make a purchase, and have them shipped to Thailand in 2-5 days.

Central Group expects overseas revenues to make up for more than 20% of the company’s THB 130 billion ($3.9 billion) revenue this year.

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2. Lazada Malaysia launches ecommerce program to attracts 50,000 SMEs

Lazada Malaysia launches #EveryoneCanSell program to further spur the growth of local SMEs in the country.

The initiative offers an end-to-end, fully integrated ecommerce program with the goal to attract over 50,000 merchants into its platform by end-2018.

Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry (MITI) Deputy Minister, Datuk Ahmad Maslan expects the campaign to help the government achieve its target of doubling ecommerce growth to 20.8% by 2020.

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3. Red Dot Payment raises $5.2 M Series B for R&D and talents 

Singapore’s payment gateway startup Red Dot Payment secured $5.2 million of series B round from various existing and new investors including Wavemaker Partners and DORR Group.

The fund will go towards developing R&D and tech solutions, as well as increasing its team and capabilities across Asia.

In the region, the company faces some competitors including 2C2P, Omise and Midtrans.

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